Monthly Archives: August 2011

for beginners: wise words from ira glass

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work with be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” 

As someone who is still figuring out a lot of things, including this blog, I appreciated this quote so much – it’s honest, realistic, and encouraging advice that you don’t often hear. Even the most creative and talented people start somewhere and, like I acknowledged in my very first post, beginnings can be rocky. And sometimes beginnings can last much longer than you had hoped and can be much rockier than you anticipated. I can relate to feeling like your work isn’t yet living up to your potential so it’s nice to hear that that’s ok. You’ll get there if you keep working at it. And, although I sometimes feel like a perpetual beginner, that’s just what I’m trying to do – work through it, that is. Hopefully, I’ll end up on the other side. Thank you for the wisdom Ira Glass.

{Ira Glass wisdom via}



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summer dreaming

Everyone is talking about how summer is over or about how we never really had a summer to begin with, and I have to say I’m surprised by how quickly August has passed by. In just a couple days we’ll be into September and then soon into fall with all its glorious wardrobe options (I love dressing for fall weather – it’s my favorite!). However, we’ve had some lovely warm weather over the weekend and I’m trying to soak up the last days of summer. I’ve never been much of the sun-bathing, pool-lounging type, but lately all I want to do is tie up my hair in a bun, wear one of these retro bathing suits, swim in the pool and lay on the beach. I wish I could pull off summer glamour like any of these ladies…

{John Rawlings for Vogue, c.1953}

{Grace Kelly}

{Anthropologie bathing suit}

{Marilyn Monroe}

{all images via this pinterest board}

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live here. wear this.

1. Rag & Bone off-white crepe dress 2. House of Harlow 1960 Sunburst Button Earrings 3. Alexander McQueen scarf 4. Chanel nail polish 5. Fendi ‘Chameleon’ T-Strap Peep Toe Pump 6. blue leather clutch 7. Juicy Couture Kissing Birds Ring 8. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick 9. Michael Kors Knox watch 10. kate spade new york ‘cut to chase’ bracelets 11. Chloe Scalloped Metal Trim Sunglasses

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gah, i’m tired.

{images here and here}

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secrets of a stylist

Have you been watching Secrets of a Stylist on HGTV? I’m kind of hooked on the show! I usually love myself a good design and makeover story so this is right up my alley. Stylist Emily Henderson has an awesome portfolio of work and masterminds some fabulous room transformations on the show. It makes me wish that I had a house, and a corresponding budget with which, to decorate. Emily assesses each person’s individual design style and then creates a room tailored just for them. Some of my favorite rooms so far have been 70’s Funky Elegance, Graphic Antique, and Retro Polynesian Kitsch. I’m thinking my room might be Vintage Mid-Century Boho-Chic or, you know, something like that. I love the way that Emily combines very different design styles into one cohesive and beautiful room. These are some of my favorites from her portfolio (I’m in love with this aqua tufted couch!):

It seems that at home bar carts are so very in right now. What do you think? I don’t know that I have a need for one, but I sure do like the way they look! And that gold floral wallpaper is surprisingly chic – I really like the pattern!

{images here and here}

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let them eat cake

It’s after midnight where I am, meaning it’s officially my birthday and making it totally appropriate to post pretty pictures of cake. And seriously, isn’t this cake amazing? Pink ombre cake? Love. If only I were a baking kind of girl.

Instead of avoiding my birthday and freaking out about turning a year older as is usually my custom (one year, in the midst of a full on quarter-life crisis, I actually banned all mention of my birthday which sounds really quite obnoxious now that I look back on it), this year I’m attempting to embrace my birthday and just enjoy the day. And you know what? It feels pretty good.

I love these darling cake paintings by Paul Ferney from his Let Them Eat Cake series:

{top image via, paul ferney images via}

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move. learn. eat.

Here are some fun videos to start your weekend! I really love travel, new cities and different cultures, and learning new languages so I thought these short films by director/producer Rick Mereki and his team were pretty inspiring. Admittedly, I’m not always as adventurous as I should be, but it’s something I’m working on. Having not traveled somewhere new in awhile now, I am dying to pack a suitcase and just run off for a bit!

Where would you fly off to if you could? What have you been wanting to learn? Or a new dish you want to try? Happy weekend!

{these videos by Rick Mereki here, discovered via}

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